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China condemns $1.3 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan

As with all Foreign Military Sales, the agreement must be cleared by Congress, and then go through actual negotiations over the equipment and dollar figures.As in Hong Kong, Taiwanese citizens increasingly feel different from China; 75% said Taiwan and China were separate nations.A spokeswoman for the US State Department said that the sale of technical components for radar and missile systems did not represent any change to US-Sino policy.The sale, according to Nauert, demonstrated “support for Taiwan’s ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability”.”I should point out, to our longstanding one-China policy, which is based – as you all know – on three joint communiqués on the Taiwan Relations Act”.United States officials told Reuters news agency this week that Trump – who alarmed Beijing after assuming office by breaking with decades of precedent and talking to Taiwan’s president – was becoming increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and trade.The weapons sale requires congressional approval, and comes two years after President Barack Obama announced a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan, provoking an angry reaction from China.The previous package included two navy frigates in addition to anti-tank missiles and amphibious attack vehicles.This photo, taken on April 07, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands during a dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida.Taipei’s defense ministry said the “package can help to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait since the weapons will boost our air and sea power and early warning systems, strengthening our ability to defend ourselves”. Taiwan’s defence department said the sale would enhance the island’s self-defence capability. This isn’t, for instance, the announcement of a broad-based secondary sanctions regime against China, but it is somewhat of a shot across Xi’s bow to signal that other Chinese financial institutions may be next. -China relations and military ties, which has happened after past arms sales to Taiwan.In December, breaking the diplomatic embargo between Washington and Taipei, President Donald Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen.The arms sale decision coincided with the announcement of new sanctions on China’s Bank of Dandong, which the USA accuses of supporting North Korea’s financial aspect.Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, warned on Friday: “Any behavior of relying on foreign forces to magnify oneself and damage peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits will surely backfire”.More importantly, however, this is the first United States arms package to receive clearance for Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen took office as Taiwan’s president in May 2016. “One China” policy, which acknowledges Beijing’s claim to Taiwan.Announcement of the sale comes at a sensitive moment for the United States and China, as President Trump is working to establish a partnership over trade differences and efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program.